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Two Trains and a Bee

The Puzzler


RAY: You have two trains on the same track speeding toward one another. The trains are 150 miles apart, on the same track, but going clearly in opposite directions.
 

TOM: They're always on the same track, aren't they? You'd think they'd know by now not to put two trains going in opposite directions on the same track.
 

RAY: When they are 150 miles apart, a very fast bee flies from the front bumper of one train to the front bumper of the oncoming train. And, of course, as soon as it gets there, without losing any time, it turns right around and heads back.
 

TOM: Yeah.
 

RAY: The bee flies at 137 1/2 miles per hour. How far will the bee have traveled before he is squashed like a grape?
 

TOM: Well, how fast are the trains going?
 

RAY: I told you, didn't I?
 

TOM: No.


RAY: Didn't I? I left that out?


TOM: You left that out.


RAY: I'm sorry.


TOM: You moron.


RAY: The trains are traveling at 75 miles an hour. So, the question is: How far does the bee fly?

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